Menzi Ngubane has died at the age of 56. His family has confirmed that the former Generations’ actor died at his home from a stroke!eteran actor
And his official Instagram page confirmed the news of his death: “A Giant Has Fallen🕊💔.”
“Ngubs!!!😭😭😭 This is too much!💔 May God give Sike and the Ngubane family strength and courage to deal with this loss!🙏🏾 You are in our prayers!🙏🏾 I am seriously at a loss!🥲 #ripngubs 🕊🕊🕊 As legends never die, you live on in our hearts and your amazing library of work!🙏🏾🙏🏾,” said Connie Fertguson.
“South Africa has truly lost an amazing acting talent. This is truly heartbreaking. My deepest condolences to the Ngubane family and all of his friends and industry colleagues. May the soul of #MenziNgubane Rest In Peace,” said former DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
Menzi Ngubane is best known for his role as Sibusiso Dlomo, or Ngamla, on Generations.
According to TVSA, In 1987, Menzi Ngubane showcased his talent to South Africa in the local television series Kwa Khala Nyonini 1. The second series followed in 1988, making his character Cijimpi a household name.
Menzi Ngubane also starred in the television series uBambolwami, for which he received an Avanti Award nomination in the category Best Actor in a Drama.
Menzi Ngubane’s television career includes the role of Jerome on the TV series Gaz’lam. He was voted Most Stylish Actor in a drama for Gaz’lam, for which he received an Elle/Sunday Times Magazine Award.
Menzi Ngubane’s acting credits include the 1990 production of Street Sisters, which performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and at overseas venues.
In 1991 Menzi Ngubane was involved in a theatre production called A 100-year Celebration of the South African National Anthem, and Kamieng, directed by Sello Maake Ka-Ncube. He was also cast in Seazar, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Caesar, which was staged both locally and in the UK.
Menzi Ngubane starred in the 2004 movie Country of my Skull alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche. The movie was written by Antjie Krog and directed by John Boorman and also featured Aletta Bezuidenhout, Lionel Newton and Fiona Ramsey. In 2008 he won the Star of Mzansi award and the R1-million prize.
In 2014 Menzi Ngubane was fired from Generations along with 15 other cast members after a wage dispute with the show’s creator Mfundi Vundla. He underwent a kidney transplant in the same year.
In 2015 Menzi Ngubane joined the e.tv telenovela Ashes to Ashes in the role of Detective Nkonzo Mazibuko. He made his debut on Thursday, 9 July. He joined the e.tv telenovela Gold Diggers later in the same year, as Patrick Gumede’s brother Israel. He made his debut on Friday, 30 October.
The actor also had struggles with kidney failure and diabetes.